International Studies Minor

About the International Studies Minor

Are you curious about how cultures and languages intersect, how societies solve problems, how one nation’s path of development shapes their neighbors’, and how you can make a difference? Then the International Studies Minor might be the right fit for your interests and aspirations.

The International Studies Minor requires 18 credits, nine of which must be upper-level (300-400). You can use up to 12 credits from studying abroad through UAlbany, so why not travel?

International Studies is the easiest and most effective way to document your study abroad credits.

Choose from two tracks:

  • International Development Studies: Join social and physical scientists, whose research spans the globe, in exploring the causes and consequences of development, underdevelopment and overdevelopment in communities, and in engaging in real-world problem-solving.
  • Cultural and Social Area Studies: Combine 6 to 12 credits from any UAlbany study abroad program with 6 to 12 credits completed on the UAlbany campus to customize your unique blend of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies, including foreign language study.

With approval, study abroad, transfer and Advanced Placement (high school) courses, as well as alternative UAlbany courses, can be substituted for pre-approved courses in the two tracks.

For detailed information on the minor's requirements and tracks, please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin.

The advisor is in, so make an appointment today! Contact the International Studies Academic Advisor, Director of Global Academic Programs, Dr. Annette Richie.


Alumni Stories

"The International Studies minor provided me with the opportunity to study abroad and participate in a service learning internship in Cambodia where I not only built upon my professional knowledge, skills and expertise in a foreign setting, but also possessed a large degree of autonomy with regard to how I wanted to pursue my own education in developing and post-conflict societies." — Daniel

"Minoring in International Studies in undergrad made me realize my passion for a career in international affairs. Additionally, my classes exposed me to various world issues, which I plan to solve in the near future." — Ermida

“The International Studies program helped me to grow as a human being by understanding, respecting and learning about different cultures and backgrounds. I am blessed to be a part of UAlbany where you can find people from all over the world.” - Pedro